Notes: The 2002 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS). We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 90,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure has been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accord as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years with transmission problems are out of luck.

Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.

The SRS warning light likes to come on due to a defective seat belt sensor -- typically the driver's side. This sensor is covered under Honda's lifetime seat belt warranty, but some dealers charge a $100+ "diagnostic fee" or tell customers the entire SRS unit ($800) is bad.


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 102004


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I have reservations about writing to you, but I don't want any other families to loose a loved one. I am not even sure if this is a valid complaint, but here it goes. My mother owned a Honda Accord, I am not sure what year but she bought it used just recently and it was fairly new, my brother has possession at this time awaiting the bank decision on her estate. During the early morning hours of April 10, 2004, sometime between 2 and 4 am, my mothers car alarm went off, the neighbors will testify to this. (I was told it was a feature to let the owner know the battery was low, except my brother had just charged my mothers battery that week sometime.) during that time they say it went off and stopped twice. The second time they thought maybe there was a problem with my mother possibly calling for help. She lived alone and was 66 years old. The first time they heard the alarm they thought maybe she had went to the car for something and accidently set the alarm off. She had previously had a cardio -conversion 3 weeks prior, where the doctors actually shock the heart to get a normal rhythm, my mothers heart was beating too fast for awhile. The procedure was said to have took and was too prolong her life 10 to 15 more years. The coroner's report states she died of a heart attack. She was found in the dinning room floor with her feet pointing toward the garage, she was on her way to check on the car. My sister-in-law, a registered nurse stated that the horn may have scared my mother causing her blood pressure to elevate and caused a heart attack. Should'nt there be some sort of warning to heart patients considering buying this type of vehicle? I don't know what else to say except please let the Honda people know this is a hazzard. If this isn't making any sense to you I apologize, I haven't made sense of anything since I got the call about my mom. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, patsy taylor.

- Darlington, SC, USA

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